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The Exiles: Chantel (The Creoles Series #1) Hardcover – Large Print, December, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 459 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press (December 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078629177X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786291779
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,571,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

What do Baptist college professors do when they retire? If they're like Morris, they crank out more than 170 novels for the CBA market and create a huge fan base for their genre fiction. Here, with his coauthor and daughter, the Christy Award winner once again dashes off exactly the type of formula fiction that is the bane of the literary crowd and the joy of his devoted readership. This first book in the proposed four-volume Creoles series is set in Louisiana in the 19th century and follows the lives of one of four girlfriends at a Catholic boarding school. The protagonist of this first volume, Chantel Fontaine, encounters catastrophes that unfold relentlessly: neglect by a gambling, adulterous father; the accidental death of her mother; the supposed death of a sibling; a dashing but unworthy suitor who loves her for her money; an indifferent stepmother; a shoot-out in the bayou; and, of course, romance with a boy-next-door type. Along the way, Chantel discovers that Catholicism does not offer her the hope of her friend Neville Harcourt's Protestantism, and she predictably converts. The years pass quickly (approximately 20 years in less than 300 pages), which makes for sketchy character development. Like cotton candy, this novel's substance is thin, the plot line is treacly and the dialogue is sometimes stiff. Yet all the elements of successful light adventure romance for evangelical Christian readers are here, and Morris's faithful following will likely devour this new series.
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About the Author

Dr. Gilbert Morris is the best-selling author of more than 220 novels, several of which are Christy Award winners. He is a retired English professor from a Baptist college in Arkansas. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

Readers LIKE the unpredictable.
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He also was Baptist when he wrote the book and his incites into church history are very valuable to any lay person and I would think especially a writer.
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It made things that would be a really big deal seem like nothing.
Becca

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
Book One of "The Creole Series", The Exiles is a romantic novel collaboratively written by Gilbert and Lynn Morris, and set in nineteenth-century New Orleans. Chantel Fontaine is a young and devoutly Christian woman who is searching for love, the strength to persevere, and the baby sister she thinks might be lost forever. The Exiles is confidently recommended as being a truly memorable story which vividly brings a multicultural city of New Orleans to life!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Becca on January 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
The book was much better in the begining. By the end of the story things were not very exciting and it was very predictable. It made things that would be a really big deal seem like nothing. I got board of the book and was just ready for it to end. Personally it drug on to long! Even though there was the bad things, it was not a horrible book. I would say people who like old time almost real life stories would like this.If you like lots of excitement and suspence than you will not like this book. It's the type of book that people either like lots or don't really like at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Dieleman on September 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
This was not one of my favorite stories by Gilbert Morris, but it is still worth reading. It is rather sad at times but has an awesome message out Gods love ad never ending forgiveness. I always learn a new piece of history from reading Mr. Morris's book. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series and learning about the other Musketeers.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
Like most of what I've read by Gilbert and/or Lynn Morris, the history that can't be learned from a textbook is the almost-redeeming part. I found myself throughout the story thinking something (more) exciting was about to happen, and then, when the predictable occurred, I was disappointed.

Before I read "The Exiles", it had been a long time since I had read this author. Several years ago, I read an entire series by this duo. After the first two books, the writing came off as repetitive, using the same words in each book to describe the main characters.

In my experience, predictable writing such as this is acceptable, for a period. But that acceptability has worn out it's welcome for this reader.

To make this review more productive: I'd like to see the authors use their knowledge of US history in stories, but to work more on fresh characters and more plot twists. Readers LIKE the unpredictable.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anna M. Vandenhazel on January 27, 2004
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Great story, lots of surprising twists. The introduction indicates that this is supposed to be a series about 4 girls who were schoolmates, but the other 3 are hardly mentioned in the story, so I assumed this meant that the others would be out soon. I understand the "House of Winslow" series is supposed to be finished after one more book, maybe then we'll see the next in this series.
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More About the Author

Gilbert Morris is among today's most popular Christian writers; his books having sold nearly six million copies worldwide. He specializes in historical fiction and won a 2001 Christy Award for the Civil War drama Edge of Honor. Once a pastor and English professor who earned a Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas, Morris lives with his wife in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

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